It's both fortunate and unfortunate that Stop Censoring Us, a blog about Internet censorship in Iran, has been very active this summer. Here are some recent items:
- BBC's Persian Service reports the shutdown of a leading ISP in Qum, the city which is the center of Shi'ite studies in Iran. "The clergies' opposition to the lack of proper filtering by this company has been cited as the reason for this closure."
- "Peyk e Iran quotes Hamshahri newspaper as saying an approximate 100 billion web pages have been filtered in Iran during last year. The list is generated and handed out to ISPs by the infamous three-man commitee."
- What is claimed to be the most recent copy of the "blacklist" of websites banned in Iran was posted here in mid-June. Among the sites listed are the Voice of America's Persian Service, Iran's Tudeh Party, a Kurdish media portal, and dozens of blogs.
- An English translation of the regulations adopted two years ago defining what media activities are illegal in Iran is posted here.